PALMDALE – You are invited to celebrate family, community, and culture at the Antelope Valley’s largest annual Kwanzaa celebration.
Titled “Embrace the Spirit,” the free community event is set for Sunday, Dec. 28, from 2:30 to 6 p.m., at United Desert Charities, 2101 East Palmdale Blvd.
The local Kwanzaa celebration will feature African dancers and drummers, gospel singing and praise dancing, a fashion show, and reflections on the seven principles Kwanzaa, as told by several of the community’s young leaders and scholars.
The event will also feature a marketplace with crafts and a children’s village.
This year’s celebration will be hosted by Miss Black Antelope Valley, Briana Johnson and her court.
More on Kwanzaa
Established in 1966, Kwanzaa is a secular holiday that honors African heritage in African-American culture and celebrates family, community and traditional values. Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
During the weeklong celebration, each day is dedicated to one of seven core principles – umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity) and imani (faith).
Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.”
Read more about the history and meaning of Kwanzaa here.
Palmdale City Library to host Kwanzaa crafts event
The Palmdale City Library will host a special Kwanzaa craft session for children at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29, at the Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.
“Come and learn about this celebration and work on some fun crafts,” said library director Thomas Vose. “We hope to see you there!”
For more information on this event, call the Palmdale City Library at 661-267-5600 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library.